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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New NYC Biz Locating Tool and other Government GIS News

NYC Business Atlas (maps.nyc.gov/businessatlas) launched Dec 27, is an interactive map aimed at providing potential businesses with an easy-to-use, one-stop data resource to find the best place to locate. Besides demographics from the Census and the city (list) there is also data from Placemeter about foot traffic on its Google base map.

- NY Daily News

Josh Gage used information provided by the Gallatin County 911 Center and the Bozeman Police Department to create an online crime map for the city. The CIty hosts one on Crimemapping.com that costs $100 a month but only has data for the last six months. Gage's map is built on open source (CartoDB) and goes back more than 10 years.

- Bozeman Chronicle

Here in Boston, we've closed down one of the key tunnels to airport for maintenance for a few months. The first post holiday work day went ok. Why? Outreach to Google and Microsoft, not GPS companies or data companies like TomTom or Nokia.

The first rush hour test for the detours around the shuttered Callahan Tunnel went well yesterday, state officials said, in part because of the Department of Transportation’s outreach to Google and Bing to update online maps and directions.

“Reaching out to Google and Bing and their map and direction services really was a critical part in informing the public,” DOT spokeswoman Sara Lavoie said. “That’s how people get information and routes.”

Online and mobile maps now give directions for detours around the Callahan automatically. Lavoie said the DOT did not reach out to GPS companies, but a Herald photographer’s GPS automatically skirted closure as well.

- Boston Herald

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/31 at 06:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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